What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Monday, November 05, 2012

The Week in Junk 11/5/12

It's been several weeks since I have been to any yard sales.  Thrifts seem to be more in my radar lately.  But Friday there were a lot of sales advertised, so off I went to hit a few.  I had my Dad with me, so he followed me around asking "WHY are you getting that?" and "What is that?"  He is trying to get a better feel for the sort of things I like to buy so if he sees things, he can pick them up for me.  At one sale, I picked up a really old beat up lightweight box and put it under my arm.  "What on earth are are you going to do with that old piece of junk?" he asked.  He saw an old beat up box, but I knew it was actually an old safety deposit box complete with the number written on the end.  It was only 75¢ and it will be great to hold my old BINGO cards in the booth.  Not everything I take to the booth is for sale - some things are just for display.  After I showed him what it really was, he thought it was neat too.  

 The first sale I went to was advertised as a Big Dang Sale.  It was being held by three women that have booths at my flea market.  I usually don't like people knowing I have a booth or that I sell on ebay when I am at their sale.  Some people tend to think you are going to sell their item for a BUNCH of money when they find out you have a booth.  But, since they know me, they knew about my booth.  But, the best part was that they kept bringing me things - "This is vintage - it would be great in your booth!"  They mostly sell home decor items and handmade things, so since we aren't competing for business, they were happy to let me buy the vintage loot.

My first find was this great old shelf.  It's painted a garish bright pink, has magic marker writing and stickers on it.  But, the cool cutouts on the side sold me.  Since it had issues, it was only $5.00.  I've already painted it a crisp white.  It will go to the booth to hold my vintage Christmas items.  I like the cubbie aspect of it.

An old wooden box with a punched tin insert.  It was only 25¢ and looked like I could do something with it.  

Three little mid-century dishes/ashtrays and the whatizit I featured on Facebook.  I still don't have any idea what it was originally for, but I think I can use it to display something, somewhere.  :)

Pair of chalkware Japanese plaques.  I was buying the boy when the lady handed me the girl for free.  It is chipped on the corner.  Maybe I can repair it, but I don't know.

The safety deposit box, an old tin treasure box bank and a sugar packet holder from a restaurant.   See the cutout on the side of the shelf?  That's what sold me!

Here are two of the items the ladies found for me - that orange doll was at the flea market for a long time, but when she disappeared, I assumed she had sold.  But, I guess they just pulled her.  It hiin she was $12.00 at the flea - I paid 50¢.  

A rose box that I think might have held candy, a JAPAN ashtray, a slew of vintage pipe cleaners and a horse's ass coffee cup.  Yes, that's right.  The front says, "Every family has one" and the back is a horses a$$.  I mean, I HAD to buy it, right?

A pixie candy dish and an old minnow bucket.  I have four minnow buckets and I've never been fishing a day in my life.  I use them for plants and flowers.
A set of vintage tins that really do match - the photo makes them look wonky, some owls for the OWL lovers out there and a wee little cigar box.  

I spent less than $15.00 for everything and had a nice day out junking.  I'm sure the weather will turn worse for the wear soon, but until it does, I'm going to keep on junkin'!


  1. Keep junkin' on - great finds!!

  2. Great score on that pink shelf! I'll bet it looks 100% better now that you painted it. Love the tins at the end. Don't you hate it when the camera makes things look different than they are in real life?


  3. It's so much fun to go "junk picking"! I haven't done so in a long time. Yard saling I mean. And flea marketing. Seems like I just go to The Sals and thrift shops that are local to me. It looks like you had a really good day!!!!

  4. I love that shelf and I know it looks great painted white!! You got some good junk my friend. Love the little elf dish and the safety deposit box is really a find! Hugs, Linda

  5. ohhh... you painted. Why is it as soon as the weather turns cold up here I find a dozen things I want to paint ~ but can't until it warms up ~~ which will be another ((ummm)) s.e.v.e.n. months ~~ I KNOW, I CAN'T COMPLAIN!!!!
    Nice finds! Like the minnow bucket ;-)

  6. I'm wondering if the "whatzit" could be to hold cupcakes?

  7. GREAT finds once again!!! My parents keep trying to "get" what I am buying and they pick up things here and there for me-unfortunately-they haven't gotten it yet! :)

  8. I can't believe that you paid only $15 for all of it! Great Job!
    That's really cute that your Dad is trying to help you find things.
    Erica :)

  9. I love the shelf but I think I would've kept the pink color and all the marks and stickers. I would've also roughed it up with sandpaper and a hammer. But that's just me and my need to shabby-ize everything. What a great bunch of finds--love the pixie dish (I collect pixie stuff). And I also think the whatzit is an industrial cupcake holder, but who knows . . .

  10. Isn't it great when you go to a garage sale and the sellers know right away that you love vintage? I adore the cigar box, my cat's name is Pompom!

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